Rivers and meadows

Escape for a while...

Enjoy exploring Houghton Mill's beautiful surroundings

Enjoy exploring Houghton Mill's beautiful surroundings

Enjoy a picnic, a walk, hire a rowing boat or go wildlife spotting along the River Great Ouse. Explore the peaceful Houghton and Hemingford meadows and local villages, steeped in history.

Go boating

Houghton Mill, boats on river

At the lock you'll also find Houghton Boats, run by the Chapman family since 1947.

You can hire a rowing boat, canoe or punt on good weather days from April to September. Call 07759 316260 to book.

50 things to do

Pick up one of our 50 things to do booklets from the Mill and go exploring! 

There's lots of nature and wildlife to see, meadows to roam, and waterways to navigate. 

It's a dog's life

Enjoy exploring the water meadows with your dog. Regrettably your four-legged friend can't come into the Mill or tea room, but we do have some outside tables available.

Please keep your dog on a lead.

Get active

Nordic walking is a great way to keep fit

Lots of groups use Houghton Mill as the base for their activity. Why not try your hand at Nordic walking, cycling, rambling or canoeing?

Explore on a walk

Houghton meadows

Houghton Mill © A. Carter

Starting from Houghton Mill, take a turn around St. Ives to spot signs of an old railway. This is a short walk past the remains of the old Huntingdon branch line viaduct, around the unspoilt and tranquil Houghton meadows with wonderful views across to the Hemingfords.

St Ives and The Hemingfords walk

Houghton Mill © Houghton Mill archive

Starting  from Houghton Mill (pictured), cross the water meadows to uncover the past glories of a market town. On this walk through the delightful Ouse valley landscape you'll discover the history of the charming market town of St Ives, returning through the unspoilt villages of The Hemingfords.

Huntingdon and Godmanchester walk

Houghton Mill 1906 © Houghton Mill

Head off through a watery landscape in search of lost mills on this 8 mile walk through the delightful landscape of the Ouse valley. Starting at Houghton, the last working mill on the Great Ouse, discover the sites of many of the lost historic mills in this part of Huntingdonshire.